Many summer festivals are bulked up with insurance booths, chiropractic services and other commercial ventures, but the Meridian Summer Arts Festival's strict arts-and-crafts-only policy ensures there's no one but local artists and crafters competing for your attention and dollars.
After a successful debut last year, event coordinator Dead Bird Local Art and Framing has teamed up with Green Chute Artists Co-op to bring the festival back to Meridian's Storey Park on Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. More than 50 artists and crafters from across the Treasure Valley will be on hand to sell their creations, including everything from traditional watercolors to modern art installations to steampunk-inspired jewelry to soy candles.
After checking out the arts and crafts, stay for the live performance and painting by avant garde art group Marten Evergreen, as well as story and poetry readings choreographed to music by True Story. Velocity Pole Art will demonstrate pole acrobatics and local jam band The KOR will keep the tunes going.
Local food purveyors Life's Kitchen, Bang On The Wall Burgers and Kona Ice will offer grub that visitors can wash down with a beer from Payette Brewing Company.